Tuesday, August 12

Homemade powdered laundry soap redux

This is edited from an April 2008 post.

I use homemade laundry soap for a family of seven, averaging at least 16 loads per week. We have a HE front loader, and find that this recipe works for low suds.

I also use Dawn for my husband's work shirts (think restaurant kitchen) and Oxiclean for tough stains.

Powdered laundry soap uses the same ingredients as the liquid, but is so easy to make, it's almost unfair. Here, I've tripled the recipe from the April post because this is a more practical amount for our family.


  • 1 bar fels naptha, finely grated
  • 1 ½ cups washing soda
  • 1 ½ cups borax (again, I use more for our hard water)
Mix in a small container. Use 1 Tbsp. per wash load.

Now wasn't that easy?? The hardest part is grating the soap, which is the perfect job for a young man or young lady who needs a chance to bless the family.


  1. Well that's just grate. Um, I mean great. Old joke, still funny to me. lol

    I hope your Tuesday is terrific! I sure miss you and wish that moving there was as simple as my wishing to do so. Wah. Boo Hissss. lol Hugs & love, Robin, who is having way too much fun commenting on all your recent blog entries.

  2. P.S. Do you ever use your homemade soap for this, instead of the fels naptha stuff?

  3. I haven't yet used my homemade soap for this, but have no idea why not! LOL

  4. How do you grate the Fels-Naptha fine? Do you use a food processor or a knuckle-busting grater? Ouchie! I am intrigued, though. How well does it clean?


  5. I would like to know where you get your washing soda from! I cant find it anywhere locally. I live in Grasston.